See YA Around

See YA Around
A great name for a really wonderful site for librarians who work with teens. The site is filled with creative programming ideas, book lists, forms, handouts, and information on creating a teen space at your library.

Lambda Awards

Lambda Literary Foundation
The Lambda Literary Foundation is “devoted to the recognition and promotion of gay, lesbian, transgender, and bisexual writing.” They have released their list of finalists for their literary awards.
Children/Young Adult Finalists
Boy Meets Boy, by David Levithan (Knopf Books for Young Readers)
Geography Club, by Brent Hartinger (HarperTempest)
Gravel Queen, by Tea Benduhn (Simon & Schuster)
Keeping You a Secret, by Julie Anne Peters (Little, Brown & Company)
Rainbow High, by Alex Sanchez (Simon & Schuster)

Sharon Draper

Sharon Draper
Website for this author of the 2004 Coretta Scott King Honor Book, The Battle of Jericho, which happens to be at the top of my reading pile. Her site has sections for teachers and young readers, plus a warm note for kids who write to her via email.

2004 Edgar Award Nominees

Edgar Award Nominees
The site lists all of the nominees, but here are the ones for Best YA and Best Juvenile.
The Last Treasure by Janet Anderson (Dutton Children’s Group)
Feast of Fools by Bridget Crowley (McElderry – Simon & Schuster)
Acceleration by Graham McNamee (Wendy Lamb Books/Random House Childrens)
Death and the Arrow by Chris Priestly (Knopf Books for Young Readers)
Uncovering Sadie’s Secrets by Libby Sternberg (Bancroft Press)
The Malted Falcon by Bruce Hale (Harcourt Children’s Books)
Bernie Magruder & the Bats in the Belfry by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor (Simon & Schuster/Atheneum)
Lily’s Ghosts by Laura Ruby (HarperCollins Children’s Books)
Dust by Arthur Slade (Wendy Lamb Books/Random House Childrens)
Sammy Keyes and the Art of Deception by Wendelin Van Draanen (Knopf Books for Young Readers/Random House Childrens)